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. Volume X Number 1 . . . . September 5, 2003
However, life can change, and Mitch begins to hope for a happier life. Shrewdly negotiating with popular students and the bullies, Mitch manipulates peer pressure to stop the teasing. Moreover, Mitch's family dynamics are in flux. Mitch's mother announces that she and Dan, her long time boyfriend, are getting married, and Mitch has secretly established contact with Ryan Carrol, his father, who has just moved back to town. Ryan Carrol's ensuing visitation rights and financial support help to heal the MacLeod family's emotional and financial burdens. Mitch's confidence builds, and his academic abilities improve dramatically.
Supeene's humorous style lightens the serious subject matter. Mitch's sense of humour and artistic abilities give him a positive, loving personality. He is an ordinary boy living a difficult life. As well, Supeene’s realistic and sensitive writing has identified the repercussions of teen pregnancy- parental school dropout, poverty, dysfunctional families, and low self-esteem in children.
Targeted at youth ages 10 to 14, My Name is Mitch would also be appropriate for older teens or as required reading for a life skills/family life course, or family counseling/therapy sessions. By vicariously experiencing the mistakes of fictional characters, youth and adults are allowed the distance needed to view and discuss the pain of teen pregnancy from various points of view.
This type of bibliotherapy may help youth and their families make the positive decisions they need to ensure their emotional, financial, and familial well being.
Located in Brandon, MB, Denise Weir is a consultant with Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism, Public Library Services.
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